David Shiffman, Scientific American

David Shiffman

Scientific American

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by David:

Everything You Know about Shark Conservation Is Wrong

Sharks need our help, but many widespread conservation messages are not based on scientific evidence → Read More

What is the Biggest Threat to Sharks in the Next Decade? What Can We Do to Stop it?

Overfishing (not finning) is far and away the biggest threat to sharks globally, but banning shark fishing is overkill itself. There are middle ground solutions. → Read More

How Did the Pandemic Affect Ocean Conservation?

Clickbait stories of animals returning to quiet habitats paint an overly rosy picture of COVID-19’s impact on the marine environment. → Read More

How Technology Is Making Shark News More Ridiculous

No, sharks aren’t coming into shallow water any more than usual—but now everyone at the beach has a camera. → Read More

Walking Sharks: What a New Scientific Discovery Means—and What It Doesn’t Mean

Walking sharks are millions of years old, there's no reason to panic about the "new" ones recently discovered. → Read More

White House Eliminates Protections for Vast Ocean Monument—Experts React

Removing protections in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument will hurt a crucial ecosystem and isn't likely to help struggling fishing communities. → Read More

Trump Administration Eliminates Protections for Vast Ocean Monument — Experts React

Here’s why the action is so harmful, how it’s possibly illegal, and why it won’t help struggling fishing communities. → Read More

#SharksNearMe Documents Sharks in Popular Culture

Since 2016, the hashtag #SharksNearMe has been used to document the golden age of sharks in pop culture. → Read More

COVID-19, Campus Closures, and the Rise of the #VirtualDefense

For graduate students, a thesis defense, which consists of the student presenting their research to the broader university community in a classroom, is many things. It’s the end of a long, sometimes stressful educational journey, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel of graduate school. It’s a chance to show their friends and family what they’ve been working on so hard for so long, and… → Read More

Are The Ocean’s Fastest Animals Faster Than a Speeding Bullet?

In this edition of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman tackles a question from two young brothers. → Read More

Even More Amazing Shark Facts You Haven’t Heard a Million Times

Sharks giving birth and what do tiger sharks eat? All this and more — shark facts explained by science expert, David Shiffman. → Read More

Are Lionfish Really That Harmful to the Marine Environment?

In this edition of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a question about invasive species. → Read More

How Far Can Sharks Smell Blood?

In this installment of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a common question about shark biology and behavior. → Read More

Science and Conservation Media Literacy 101

Author’s note: This blog post is part of a multi-week assignment for students taking my introduction to marine biology course at Arizona State University, and also part of an exercise in my p… → Read More

What Happens to Ocean Animals During a Tsunami?

In this edition of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a question from a reader. → Read More

How to Read the Shark Attack File Report Like a Marine Biologist

A marine biologist discusses everything you can learn from the recent release of the annual, International Shark Attack File report and how to spot misleading information. → Read More

Who is the Wallenberg Behind Picard’s Wallenberg Class Ships?

Star Trek: Picard honors a hero of the Jewish community. → Read More

Is Any Seafood Ethical to Eat?

Food ethics are increasingly complex and deeply personal, but scientifically backed sustainable seafood exists → Read More

How Can You Tell How Old a Shark Is?

In this installment of Ask a Marine Biologist, Dr. David Shiffman answers a question from an 11-year-old shark fan. → Read More

I Had a Star Trek Themed Bar Mitzvah

The party favors said “Thanks for beaming aboard the Starship David.” Jealous? → Read More